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Byzantium Audiobook

Byzantium

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Publisher's Summary

Although born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a remote Irish monastery on the far, wild edge of Christendom. Secure in work, contemplation, and dreams of the wider world, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet life. He is chosen to accompany a small band of monks on a quest to the fabled city of Byzantium, where they are to present the beautiful and costly hand-illuminated Book of Kells to the emperor of all Christendom.

During this expedition by sea and over land, Aidan becomes, by turns, a warrior and a sailor, a slave and a spy, a Viking and a Saracen, and finally, a man. He sees more of the world than most men of his time, becoming an ambassador to kings and an intimate of Byzantium's fabled Golden Court. And finally, this valiant Irish monk faces the greatest trial confronting any man in any age: the command of his own destiny.

©1996 Stephen R. Lawhead; (P)2001 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Not merely a gripping yarn - and it certainly is that - this is also a novel about faith and the tests life plants in its way. Lawhead, author of the popular Pendragon cycle of fantasies, here makes a sure move into mainstream fiction." (Booklist)

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    Amazon Customer 06-15-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Character Maturation"

    Lawhead's skill with subtly developing a dynamic main character throughout a story always amazes me. Byzantium is no exception--Lawhead's exceptional ability to lead the reader through Aidan's philosophical and spiritual journey demonstrates not only his skill as an author, but his intimate understanding of personal development, faith struggles, and the weight of life's unanswered questions.

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    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 06-09-11
    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 06-09-11 Member Since 2010

    Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?

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    "A great story"

    I really enjoyed this book, my introduction to Lawhead. I understand what folks are saying about the narration -- I found it a little dull at first, but after a while I had no problem with it. The story is gripping and sweeps across empires. I liked Aidan very much, even with his occasional whining. A long, satisfying book.

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    RANDALL JAFFE Arcadia Califonia 06-02-11
    RANDALL JAFFE Arcadia Califonia 06-02-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Good History- Great Story -Awesome Reader-"

    I have been listering to "Books on Tape" for over 20 years. This has been one of my favorite listens. I just wanted just to learn more about Byzantium but I was drawn into a fabulous story with memorable characters.I can actually hear the Viking King bellowing his commands to his crew. Stuart Langton brings the story to life. I will just look for other books he has narrated.
    I will also explore other books written by Stephen Lawhead. Enjoy.

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    John Winnipeg, MB, Canada 05-31-11
    John Winnipeg, MB, Canada 05-31-11

    Realtor in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.......

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    "Slow Start - Fine Finish"

    I enjoyed this audiobook immensely. Once I caught the pace and tone of the narrator I lamented having to stop listening and anticipated the next chance I would get to return to it. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy believable historical fiction.

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    kelly Springfield, OR, United States 04-22-11
    kelly Springfield, OR, United States 04-22-11 Member Since 2014
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    "BETTER READ THAN LISTENED TOO!!!!!"

    Excellent story ruined by gut wrenching, monotone narration. I got used to it about 2/3 of the way through but could not help but think the book would have been much better had i read it rather than listen to it. Great story. Horrible narration.

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    Angelyn S. Furst 03-28-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    This is a somewhat interesting book, however, it lacked the spark that makes the characters interesting. The lead character is rather sanctimonious and I found myself really disliking him.

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    rob colorado springs, CO, United States 03-05-10
    rob colorado springs, CO, United States 03-05-10
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    "not too bad at all"

    slow but has a lot in it worth going for

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    Alex 10-13-15
    Alex 10-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "My favorite book"

    This is my favorite book by Mr. Lawhead as well as my favorite fiction book.

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    Allen Battle 09-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Historical Fiction at its Best"

    Vikings, Muslims, Irish monks, Pirates, emperors, battles, intrigue, romance and faith. All this and historically accurate! I love this book.

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    Al S. 09-09-15
    Al S. 09-09-15
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    "WOW! 2nd time through this epic story!"

    loved it! Read it many years ago and now just finished audiobook. An unbelievable journey, well researched, and delivered with classic Lawhead humor, thoughtfulness and charm.

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